Tune of the Tuesday: “Dimelo” – Rak-su (featuring Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy)

The reggaeton beats of this song are addictive. The chorus is catchy. The featured artists help take the song into a more urban audience. Love this song!

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Throwback Track Thursday: “Companion – Lay Me Down” – Wide Mouth Mason

Weird as it may seem, I’m a fan of music I can not only listen to but also physically own. There are variations to how I choose to own music, with my favourite of favourites often being artists I have music on multiple media. Wide Mouth Mason is one such artist. I love their entire catalogue as a longtime fan of their work, but this song, this song just seems to bring me the sun sonically on a rather dreary cold winter day. The music video’s vibe of laid back grooves match the repeating guitar chords that ties this song to my musical heart.

Tune of the Tuesday: “Rewrite The Stars” – Zac Efron and Zendaya

I. Love. This. Song. I am admittedly more of a music person more than a movie person. Such that there are movie soundtracks that I have purchased in a physical and/or digital format where I had not yet watched the movie the music was to accompany. Including many movies where I have listened to the soundtrack many times over but have ceased an interest in watching the movie itself. “Rewrite The Stars” is not from one of those movie soundtracks, but my plans to watch the movie “The Greatest Showman” are on hold until I find enough time to lose myself in what looks to be a beautifully filmed musical from all the trailers and previews I have seen. This song in particular is what I want to see visualized as the lyrics are so poignant, so full of emotion that I want to see how the actors behind this duet made the words live in their actions. I cannot stop listening to this song and the entire soundtrack.

Belated Tune of the Tuesday: “The One I Hurt” – Whitehorse

Luke Doucet and his White Falcon are a good combination on their own. Adding Melissa McLelland to create the music by Whitehorse. That is an even better combination! I am a fan of each of the component parts of Whitehorse, but their combined musical powers are definitely a force to be reckoned with. While recently, the duo toured with a full band backing them, it is their live performance as a duo that is compelling to experience. I love this song’s call and answer and how the different parts are conveyed through different means of amplification beyond the solo studio microphone.

Throwback Track Thursday: “Miss Otis Regrets” – Ella Fitzgerald

Though the background to this Cole Porter composition is a sad one, the beautiful emotions of the song are brought forth with such grace and style by the way Ella Fitzgerald chooses to sing the words. Her version of the song is more than just singing, to me. Her interpretation helps many to visualize the title character’s tragedy in a haunting recounting of her last moments. The beauty in the sadness of a song is this piece, by this singer.

Throwback Track Thursday: “Connected” – Stereo MCs

Today’s Throwback Track comes courtesy of the song “Connected” by Stereo MCs. The rhythmic vocals that start the song off before the heavy beats come out remind me of days spent with headphones or my ghetto blaster (with CD and a dual cassette deck that had auto-reverse features!), the music my background as I lived within my youth of writing notes on three-holed punch paper to give to friends at school next day, when mix tapes often became they way you defined yourself in one way… not just by the songs you chose, but the order you chose to place them on each side of a blank cassette tape. When new music often came to you visually via music videos rather than sponsored ads in the middle of a social media experience. It’s odd that in many ways, while technology has changed to make the task of people connecting to others easier and faster, it’s also dehumanized the value of the connection in more ways than not.

Tune of the Tuesday: “In The Blood” – John Mayer

I can feel love the I want, I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted, can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?

– “In The Blood” – John Mayer

Today’s Tuesday track was a random track my iPod played as I was driving home from a meeting with clients. Not only did the chorus of the song speak to me personally, but the lyrics of the song itself also spoke to the work I do each day working with those who may not have always had the best environment to grow up in. I’ve had some good, perhaps even great moments, in the early part of the work week so far that have reminded me why I love the work I do. And less work moments with fractious people that make me wonder if what I do will ever be enough. This song could definitely be a soundtrack for not just my work life but the lives I encounter (and hopefully change a bit for the better) in my work.